- Born: Abt 652, Heristal, Liege, Belgium
- Married: 13 May 706, , , Belgium
- Died: Apr 714
Ancestral File Number: 9GC9-DP.
Encyclopaedia Britannica, 1981, Macropaedia, Vol IV, p61, Charles Martel: "When in 714 Pepin of Herstal died, he left as heirs three grandsons [Prince Arnoul CHAMPAGNE, Archbishop Hugue ROEN, and Mayor Theobald NEUSTRIA], his legitimate children [Count Drogan CHAMPAGNE, Mayor Grimoald NEUSTRIA, and Bishop Sylvius AUCHY] all being dead. Until his grandchildren came of age, Plectrude, Pepin's widow, was tohold power. As an illegitimate son, Charles Martel was entirely neglected in the will. But he was young, strong, and determined, and a struggle for control at once began between him and Plectrude."
"Both Charles and Plectrude faced rebellion throughout the Frankish kingdom when Pepin's will was made known. The King, Chilperic II, was in the power of Ragenfrid, mayor of the palace of Neustria, who joined forces with an enemy of the Franks, Radbod, king of the Frisians in Holland,in order to eliminate Charles. Plectrude managed to imprison Charles, but he escaped, gathered an army, defeated King Chilperic and Mayor Ragenfrid, and conquered the hostile Neustrians. His success made resistance by Plectude and the Austrasians useless; realizing the spirit and power of young Charles, they submitted, and by 719 Charles alone governed the Franks as mayor..."
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Plectrude married Mayor Pepin Heristal II AUSTRASIA, son of Mayor Ansegisel AUSTRASIA and Saint Begga Heristal AUSTRASIA, on 13 May 706 in , , Belgium. (Mayor Pepin Heristal II AUSTRASIA was born about 610-640 in Heristal, Liege, Belgium and died on 16 Dec 714 in Jupille, Liege, Belgium.)